The Former Vice Chairman of the Ondo State Football Association, Otunba Dele Ologbese says that the Ondo State Government’s announcement of the outright sale of Sunshine Stars is a misplaced priority.
It would be recalled that the Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Hon. Bamidele Ologun had announced that the State Government was ready to sell the Club to the right investor.
Ologbese stated this while speaking with newsmen via telephone on Thursday in Akure.
He said he was surprised by the level of desperation on the part of the government to get rid of the only source of joy for sports enthusiasts not only in Ondo State but the entire South-West region.
He said that Ondo State Government initially told stakeholders it was exploring Public Private Partnership( PPP) option in the management of the Club, which he said was never a bad idea until we heard the news it had finally decided to sell off Sunshine Stars FC which amounts to insincerity and inconsistency on the part of the government.
“It’s mind blogging the government is demonstrating apparent insincerity and inconsistency on this matter all these while through its hide and seek approach since it hadn’t rescind its unprogressive intention to sell off Ondo State’s commonwealth- Sunshine Stars FC to foreigners who are likely paying pantry sum in taking full possession of the Club.
“Why is Ondo State not toeing commendable lines of Abia, Oyo, Benue, Rivers and Anambra States governments who efficiently manage Eyimba, 3SC, Lobi Stars, Rivers Utd and Enugu Rangers respectively without complaints or laudable attempts at disposing their cherished Teams at give away amounts as desperately contemplated by Ondo State Government in selling off its only premiership club to ghost investors”.
“With the look of things, no private entrepreneur worth his or her salt is ready to invest in Sunshine Stars due to uncertainties in Nigeria’s football business which investments would be uneasy or almost impossible to recoup.
“With this awkward scenario, it would extremely be a misplaced priority for Ondo State Government to continue to waste its precious time sourcing for investors who would buy the Club as we all knew it would only gift it away to allies at ridiculous amount to be eventually resold for heavy profits,” he said.
He said the outright sale of the club, created by a former Military Administrator of the State, Col. Ahmed Usman in 1996 would surely have adverse effects on the intimidating soccer records of the State as well as the achievements of the Government’s administration.